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March 25, 2009 (vol. 42)


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Minato Citizens' University Presents "Issues in Contemporary Japan"

Beginning in May, the 2009 version of TUJ's Minato Citizens' University will offer a series of six English-language talks covering several pivotal issues in contemporary Japan. What's on tap: expert analysis of politics, foreign policy and the legal system. A look at Japan's economic place in the region. Insights into youth culture and art history. Designed to show the community what universities in Minato City are teaching, these lectures should prove informative to both newcomers and seasoned veterans of living and working in Japan.


Session 1 (5/19)
"What Do Political Scientists Have to Say about Japanese Politics?"
Speaker: Matthew Linley, Assistant Professor of International Relations

Session 2 (5/21)
"Japanese Foreign Policy: a Problem of Principles?"
Speaker: Phil Deans, Associate Dean and Professor of International Relations

Session 3 (5/26)
"The Saiban-in Seido/Jury Trial System Starts Now-How Will This Change the Japanese Legal System and Japanese Society as a Whole?"
Speaker: Matthew Wilson, Senior Associate Dean and General Counsel

Session 4 (5/28)
"Potential Synergies from Regional Economic Cooperation: Japan, China and India"
Speaker: William Swinton, Director, Special Management Programs

Session 5 (6/2)
"This Way Out> Subculture Identity and Soft-Power Politics in Japanese Youth Culture"
Speaker: Kyle Cleveland, Associate Professor of Sociology

Session 6 (6/4)
"Japanese Art in the US: A History of Collecting and Changing Attitudes"
Speaker: Noriko Murai, Assistant Professor of Art History


Date
Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 19, 21, 26, 28, June 2, 4
Time
6:30 to 8 p.m. (registration starts at 6 p.m.)
Place
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall, Rooms 502, 503, 504 (Access)
Cost
2,500 yen for all six sessions; payment must be made by bank transfer prior to the first session, and the fee is non-refundable
Capacity
50 participants (randomly selected)
To Register
Please apply online at www.tuj.ac.jp/kumin or by phone 0120-86-1026. (Application deadline: April 22, 5 p.m.) TUJ will contact you if you are selected.

Showtime-TUJ Student and Faculty Spring Art Exhibitions

Several TUJ art students and faculty members are holding exhibitions during the spring.


Kevin Andrew Curran (faculty)-"Decorative Heroes" (see related story below)

Dates &
Times
Through Sunday, March 29, weekends & holidays 2 to 8 p.m., weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
Place
Horta; please click here for map

Yuki Kuwahara (student)-"Ha-mon"

Dates &
Times
Through Tuesday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Place
ZAIM Yokohama, ZAIM Annex Building Room 301; please click here for map

Yukiya Miura (student)

Date
Through Thursday, March 26
Place
Gallery Source; please click here for map

Maiko Shioda (student)

Dates
Tuesday, March 31 through Sunday, April 5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Reception
Friday, April 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
Place
Gallery Ku; please click here for map

News:

Dean Stronach Describes What Being a Responsible Member of International Society Means


Dean Stronach keeps his large young audience enthralled

Dean Bruce Stronach gave an hour-long lecture in Japanese on February 12 to over two hundred grade 7 to grade 9 students, speaking about the true meaning of responsibility as a member of international society.

The students at Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary Education School listened attentively and asked plenty of questions during the Q&A session. "Dean Stronach's speech will cause the students to reflect on what it means to be an internationally minded person," said Ms. Ueno, the teacher in charge.

The school, which only opened in April 2007, blended the student bodies of Tokyo Gakugei University Oizumi Junior High School and Tokyo Gakugei University Senior High School's Oizumi campus.


Island Man-Associate Dean Dr. Hiroshi Kakazu


Dr. Kakazu frequently takes his students to visit tourism-related businesses such as Virgin Airways, HIS and the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo (pictured here) to see how they are run.

TUJ Associate Dean Dr. Hiroshi Kakazu is Japan's leading researcher in the fields of island economies, tourism and APEC studies. During this semester, he began sharing his vast knowledge of the tourism industry and hospitality management in the classroom.

Dr. Kakazu joined TUJ in August 2008 after serving as senior vice president of the National University of the Ryukyus. The president of the Japan Society of Island Studies, he also serves as vice president of the International Scientific Council for Island Development and on UNESCO's panel of culture and tourism experts. He has written several books on APEC economies and nissology-the study of islands-including Island Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for the Pacific Islands in a Globalized World.


Kevin Andrew Curran's "Decorative Heroes"-A Solo Exhibition

Brooklyn-based artist and TUJ art faculty member Kevin Andrew Curran is holding his first solo show in Tokyo. Entitled "Decorative Heroes," the exhibition will run from March 20 to 29 at Horta and feature sculptures and drawings in an installation designed specifically for Horta's unique gallery space.

Curran's work explores masculine archetypes-cowboys, pirates, astronauts, robbers and businessmen-and nostalgia for the American masculine ideal. Their adventures are given an ironic and comedic edge by serving a decorative function on wallpaper, lamps and mirrors.

"The heroic characters are most interesting to me in their struggle between potential failure, even death, and the possible glory of success," Curran says. "That moment expresses the absurdity and dark comedy of the human condition."

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